Donnie Yen And Zhao Wei in 14 Blades (2010)
I love Zhao Wei’s character in 14 Blades.
She was just a normal girl… not particularly skilled, not particularly smart… but just a girl who happened to get caught up unwillingly in the mess.
And yet, it never stopped her from doing what she thought was right, from being as heroic as all the others with their fancy sword skills and masterful abilities.
One of my favourite scenes is this one, where she is pulled into the fight, and there’s this moment when one of the bad guys is killed or injured right in front of her, by her hand (which was being controlled by Qinglong). In all the bloodshed that has happened, she shuts her eyes, terrified to have witnessed the splatter of blood.
And it’s probably the only realistic thing to happen the whole movie, because it reminds you that amidst all the fancy martial arts and fighting, people are actually dying.
And it should be something terrifying to witness.